DEVIL'S HOLE RANCH CATTLE DRIVE CLINIC WEEKENDS
Are you looking for something unique and fun to do with your horse, friends, and family? Come join us for a weekend on our beautiful 3,000+ acre ranch: camping, moving cattle, trail rides, meals, campfires, live music, and lots of fun.
Arrive. Evening Campfire.
Breakfast. Move the Big herd. Lunch. Afternoon trail ride. Dinner. Campfire with live music.
Breakfast. Move the Devil's Hole herd. Lunch. Load out.
Every weekend: May - October.
$250 per person
13 yrs and under - $125
* Guest Food Provided
* Family Friendly
* Rain or Shine
* Weather cancellations are exclusively the decision of Devil's Hole Ranch.
* Weekend schedule may adjust slightly.
* There may at times be cattle work needing to be done on the ranch on any particular weekend such as doctoring, vaccinating, preg checking, branding, weaning, etc.
Stalls on site - $30 for the weekend
Electric hook up - $20 per night
*** You can see lots of pictures of our ranch as well as the Cattle Drive Clinic Weekends on our Facebook page:*** www.facebook.com/devilsholeranchquarterhorses
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Where are you located in southwest Wisconsin?
We are located in Norwalk, WI. About 6 miles from Wildcat Mountain State Park.
2. What is the terrain like? Do we need shoes on our horses?
The terrain is grassy hills and woods. Very little rocks. Our ranch horses are all barefoot.
3. How many riders are allowed on a weekend to move cattle? Is there a limit of number of horses/riders that participate?
We have a maximum of roughly 20 guest riders per weekend. Non-riders are also welcome over and above that number.
.4. What if me or my horse have never worked cattle? What if I am a beginner/advanced rider?
We have had all types of horses and riders from someone who has only ridden a few times to the very experienced. Gaited horses, jumpers, drafts, pleasure, trail, cow, etc. About 90% of our guests have never worked a cow. That is what we are all about! Sharing this incredible, dying way of life and the opportunity to do something unique and fun with your horse. You will receive instruction and always have one of our ranch staff riding with you. We often split up in different groups with the more inexperienced together and those that want a little more "adventure" together. We are in very hilly terrain and do have small creek crossings, logs to cross, etc. While we can not avoid the hills completely, we can go easier routes vs. more difficult routes. So we can cater to different riding abilities at the same time on a weekend. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what you and your horse can handle.
5. We assume we can bring our own horses and camp on site. Is that correct? If so, where do we keep our horses?
Yes, you bring you own horses. We do not supply horses. You sleep in your trailer, camper, tent, etc. Horses can tie or you are welcome to set up portable fencing. We do also have stalls available on site. Stalls need to be reserved as well and they are $30 for the weekend.
6. Are there electric hookups for the trailers?
YES! We recently put in new electric hookups for campers and trailers! Electric is $20 per night.
7. Is there water available at the camping area?
There currently are not water hookups for campers, however that is on our to do list and hopefully will be at some point this year. There is a hose and water tank out by the camping area as well as by the buildings.
8. Is there any shade in the camping area?
The headquarters and camping is located in a valley. There is a tree covered hillside on one hand and a grassy hillside on the other. There are several spots that you can park where a tree will supply shade. It is pretty comfortable and sheltered.
9. Would we be allowed to have a campfire near the trailers? We have a portable fire pit…. If so, would wood be available or need to be purchased nearby?
You are welcome to have your own campfire, however we do not have anything set up in the camp area. We do have firewood available. I will say, we have wonderful group campfires and really enjoy the time visiting and getting to know each other! But again, you are more then welcome if you would rather set up your own.
10. Are dogs allowed?
Yes, we have had other guests bring dogs in the past. They must be ok with small children and other dogs. Of course they are not allowed to go on the rides or be by the cattle, however in camp and around the buildings is fine. We do reserve the right to ask any dog to be kept in your camp only. (Just as an FYI, Brett & Jessica, raise Border Collies and our boy Thor is often with us. He is wonderful with everyone and other dogs, however he is an intact male, so keep that in mind if bringing an unspayed female.)
11. Which meals are included? Where are the meals served?
We provide all three meals on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. (See #12 for info on Friday night.) Meals are cooked and served right there at the headquarters where you camp. We have a bath house there with flush toilets and hot showers, a large wood fired grill pit, an old time sawdust floor saloon (no alcohol provided but you are welcome to bring your own), a covered and uncovered deck, campfire pit, etc. We serve nearly all homegrown/local fresh ingredients and all meals are home made on the spot.
12. What time is arrival on Friday? Would we be able to arrive early in the day so that we could set up camp and ride? If so, where could we ride to out of camp?
Arrival is anytime after 3:00 pm on Friday. Friday night for us is just time to set up camp, get to know each other, do paperwork, and have a campfire. We do not do a big meal on Friday as people are arriving at all different times. We do have (non-alcoholic) drinks and snacks as well as frozen pizzas available that we would be happy to cook for you. Otherwise you can eat on the way, bring your own, or there are several places within 15 min driving distance if you want to go out.
We are a working ranch first and foremost. For the safety of our guests and our livestock, we are not able to allow people to ride on their own on the ranch. We are very close to both Wildcat Mountain State Park as well as the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Both have many miles of wonderful horse trails! We have had several groups that have come early to ride there for the day and then come to us to settle in Friday evening.
13. What time are we finished on Sunday?
It varies slightly depending on exactly what is being done on Sunday and where you are riding. We try to be back and have lunch around 1:00 on Sunday and then you pack up and head out after that.
14. What are the popular times of the year to ride (meaning, June, July, August, etc.)? Are bugs ever an issue? If so, what month(s) should we avoid?
Time of year is really up to you. The different times of year offer up a little something different. May we are riding herd, checking calving cows/heifers, tagging new baby calves, etc. June through October we are driving herds to new pastures. September and October have many working weekends where we are vaccinating, branding, preg checking, etc. Bugs were really not bad this year. Flies are always an issue that we can not get away from with livestock around. But we do our best to try and keep them down. Mosquitoes were not bad this year at all except for a brief two week period in the fall. We are not booking working weekends in advance as they are weather dependent however our rides are not, cattle get moved regardless.
15. How far in advance do we need to book? Do weekends fill up fast?
Book as soon as you know for sure which weekend works for you. That way you are guaranteed your spot!
16. If we make reservations, when do we pay?
Price is $250 per rider. 1/2 price for ages 12 & under or for non-riders. A $50 deposit will reserve your spot on the weekend of your choice!
17. If we reserve a weekend and send our deposits, what is your refund policy in case of cancellation (such as for bad weather, illness, ?)?
All payments are non refundable. However if an emergency came up or there was severe weather, we would be happy to roll your deposit (one time) to another weekend. Please keep in mind, we do ride rain or shine! We only had to cancel one weekend last year and that was due to the heavy flooding in the area. (We reserve the right to cancel if needed.) Those guests all rescheduled for another weekend.
MAILING ADDRESS: Devil's Hole Ranch - 20473 Mesabi Ave. Norwalk, WI 54648. (Do NOT bring a trailer up this driveway!)
ACTUAL ADDRESS for DIRECTIONS/CAMP: 20117 Mesabi Ave. Norwalk, WI 54648. (No mail to this address.)
CALENDAR of AVAILABILITY - Numbers equal room available for that number of riders. Non riders also welcome.
2018 Calendar to be posted by the end of 2017.